No. 8 soc­cer up­ends No. 18 A&M, clinches SEC West

The Saline Courier Weekend - - SPORTS - Special to the Courier

COL­LEGE STATION, Texas – Eighth-ranked Ra­zor­back Soc­cer (12-2-1, 6-1-0) gave the No. 18 Texas A&M Ag­gies (10-3-3, 4-2-1) their first home loss of the sea­son on Fri­day night, 3-1. Arkansas clinched the SEC West for just the sec­ond time (1996) in pro­gram his­tory, en­sur­ing the Ra­zor­backs will get a top two seed at the SEC Tour­na­ment in Novem­ber.

The Ra­zor­backs used two goals in just three min­utes early in the sec­ond half to pick up the road win. In the month of Oc­to­ber, the Ra­zor­backs are outscor­ing op­po­nents 16-2.

How It Hap­pened

>> Bryana Hunter put a Marissa Kin­sey cor­ner on frame, al­low­ing Anna Podo­jil to put it away in the 22nd minute.

>> The Ag­gies found an equal­izer in the 37th minute as Ji­mena Lopez was able to con­vert on a penalty kick.

>> Tori Can­nata got on the end of a free kick from goalie Katie Lund and put away a lefty shot to the far post in the 52nd minute.

>> Parker Goins made it 3-1 Ra­zor­backs on a deep shot in the 55th minute that blew past the out­stretched arms of the Ag­gie ‘keeper. The Run of Play

In the open­ing 10 min­utes, the Ag­gies were able to get four shots off, but none made their way on tar­get. The ball even­tu­ally found Tay­lor Mal­ham close to goal off a Goins throw in, but the ball was knocked away in the

13th minute. The Ra­zor­backs couldn’t do any­thing with the en­su­ing cor­ner.

The Ra­zor­backs net­ted the first goal of the night off a shot by Podo­jil in the 22nd minute. How­ever, Texas A&M tied it up late in the sec­ond half off a PK as the teams headed to the locker room square at 1-1.

Arkansas re­took the lead, scor­ing two goals in just three min­utes early in the sec­ond half, and was able to hold out for the re­main­der to se­cure the win.

“Re­ally proud of this team,” Arkansas Coach Colby Hale said. “Texas A&M is such a tal­ented and well-coached team and we knew play­ing at El­lis Field was a huge chal­lenge, but we pre­pared well and the per­for­mance fol­lowed. We will cer­tainly cel­e­brate this tonight but we have a lot of goals still left to play for.”

The Ra­zor­backs next play Auburn in a Thurs­day SEC game at Auburn, Alabama.

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